Like the 128.3 million Indians hooked on over 60,000 health and wellness apps, I excitedly forayed into the world of mobile health (or mHealth) and downloaded a pedometer app called Pacer. “Lose weight and track calories burned using 24/7 step counting”, the description beckoned.
It seemed fairly easy, and I was happy to begin a journey into taking control of my own fitness. Down the wormhole I went, and soon after I saw my phone littered with calorie trackers, exercise apps and apps that reminded me to stay hydrated.
Diving deeper I realised, I had only just scratched the surface and beyond the trendy weight loss apps was a whole industry of digital healthcare – from apps that tracked your sleep or menstrual cycle to ones that help regulate blood sugar levels or be aware of cardiovascular diseases and even filter doctors by rating.
But do they work? And why are so many of us obsessed with digital health?